In my last posting, I described an imagined scenario where the orang asli community publicly expresses their long-held grievances against the Malay-majority government. It didn't cross my mind that something real was about to happen. For futher details, go to: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/89657
As reported in the news article above, a group call the Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia) is seeking for not only better respect for their rights, they are also demanding the government to apologise for past injustices against them. The last three paragraphs in the article says it all:
According to findings in the memorandum, the Orang Asal consist of more than 80 ethno-linguistic groups, each with its own culture, language and territory, totalling up to four million or 15 per cent of national population.
“In the context of Malaysia, however, no law or policy was found that mentions the right to self-determination for indigenous peoples, let alone, accord us that right,” said Mark (Mark Bujang, Executive Director of Borneo Resources Institute.
According to him, the Orang Asal have suffered from injustices by previous regimes and governments since the formation of the government of Malaysia.
“Therefore, the government must apologise for all these injustices and prejudices that have happened throughout the history,” he stressed.
Question: The statements above, are they seditious or are they (simply) deliberations based on historical facts?
Regardless, I don't think in this case we can brush them off by telling them to go back to where they came from, can't we?
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